Sheldon Rankins

Sheldon Rankins
No. 98New Orleans Saints
Position: Defensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1994-04-02) April 2, 1994
Place of birth: Covington, Georgia
Height: 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight: 305 lb (138 kg)
Career information
High school: Covington (GA) Eastside
College: Louisville
NFL Draft: 2016 / Round: 1 / Pick: 12
Career history
Roster status: Active
Career NFL statistics as of Week 13, 2016
Tackles: 13
Sacks: 3.0
Forced fumbles: 1
Player stats at

Sheldon Taylor Rankins (born April 2, 1994) is an American football defensive tackle for the New Orleans Saints of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at the University of Louisville.

Early years

Rankins attended Eastside High School in Covington, Georgia. He committed to the University of Louisville to play college football.[1]

College career

At Louisville, Rankins was mostly backup his freshman and sophomore years, recording 22 tackles and four sacks. As a junior, in 2013, Rankins started in all 13 games and had 53 tackles, eight sacks, and two interceptions.[2][3][4] As a senior, in 2015, he had 58 tackles, six sacks, and a fumble return touchdown.

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Ht WtArm lengthHand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 1 in 299 lb33 38 in9 38 in 5.03 s 4.59 s 7.44 s 34.5 in 9 ft 10 in 28 reps
All values from NFL Combine,[5]

New Orleans Saints

On April 28, 2016, Rankins was drafted as the 12th overall pick by the New Orleans Saints in the first round of the 2016 NFL Draft. On May 9, 2016, the Saints signed Rankins to a four-year, 12.8 million dollar contract.[6]

On August 16, 2016, Rankins suffered a broken fibula during practice. The injury required surgery with up to 6 weeks to recover.[7] On September 6, 2016, he was placed on injured/designated for return list. He was activated off injured reserve on November 5, 2016 prior to Week 9.[8]


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